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Blizzard: Doubts surround Blizzcon 2020 after coronavirus

Blizzard: Doubts surround Blizzcon 2020 after coronavirus
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The COVID-19 outbreak continues to cause cancellations on all horizons. Gaming and its conventions are particularly affected. After E3, Gamescom and a few others, the Blizzcon 2020 is now starting to be at the heart of the discussions.

Blizzard: Doubts surround Blizzcon 2020 after coronavirus

The list continues to grow: cancellations of events of all kinds are announced in the world of gaming and video games. Some are already for sure, such as E3, Gamescom or even different LANs or competitive leagues.

It is within this complicated framework that the Blizzard staff (in the person of Saralyn Smith, executive producer of the Blizzcon) said she received a lot of questions from the public who would like to plan their future trip to Anaheim. Here is the message that was posted recently on the communication networks of the Californian firm.

TLDR: No official announcement, it is still too early to decide all this, but the teams continue to work on their side as if the BlizzCon would be held normally.

Hello Blizzard community,

A gaming convention is probably the last thing on most people’s minds right now, and that goes for many of us at Blizzard too. As events around the world announce cancellations, postponements, or shifts to an online format in response to COVID-19, we’re seeing questions about our plans for this year’s BlizzCon and we want to provide a quick update.

We love BlizzCon, and we know many of you share that feeling and look forward to it as an opportunity to get away for a while, meet up with friends, and have a good time. As so many of us have been isolated for multiple weeks now, surrounded and in some cases directly impacted by the ongoing pandemic-related challenges around the world, we’re looking forward to the time when we can see one another again in person and have something to celebrate together.

While we’re all hopeful things will look better later in the year, the bottom line is that at this point it’s too early to know whether BlizzCon 2020 will be feasible. The health of our community, employees, and everyone who helps with the show is our top consideration. It might be a few months before we know for certain if or how we’ll proceed, but as soon as we have a meaningful update, we’ll share it.

We do want to mention that prior to the recent events we had been actively working to finalize our plans and in fact are still doing so, despite the workplace changes we’ve now made at Blizzard. That includes considering a range of scenarios and possibilities, not just in terms of the show, but also regarding what the experience would be for you. We know BlizzCon also involves preparation on your part, so we’ll do our best to provide as much clarity as we can, as quickly as we can.

In the meantime, please be good to one another, stay well, and know that we’re holding everyone impacted by COVID-19 in our thoughts.

Saralyn Smith
Fury Warrior, Executive Producer of BlizzCon

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